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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 60-64

Application of a Standard Procedure to Avoid Errors When Comparing Fingerprints with Their Reversals in Fake Documents


Department of Federal Police, Identification Group, Espirito Santo State, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Carlos Magno Alves Girelli
Federal Police Department, Identification Group, 01 Vale do Rio Doce Street, Sao Torquato, Vila Velha - ES, 29114-105
Brazil
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DOI: 10.4103/2349-5014.162807

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Laterally reversed (mirrored) fingerprints are difficult to detect by applying routine search procedures. One suggestion to avoid errors when dealing with probable reversals is to perform comparisons with both direct and reversed fingerprints. This simple procedure has been applied and led to the detection of two more cases of reversed fingerprint usage in fake documents. In one of the reported cases, experts found on the web the same fingerprints used by criminals in fake documents. This finding is important because it indicates that matched fingerprints do not necessarily link different criminal cases.


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